Some nights just seem to fall together in the name of debauchery. With Halloween falling on a Saturday this year, and with the moon nearly full, it’s going to be one wild and crazy night to be out on the town in Louisville.
And, of course, we can’t just relegate everything to one night, so Halloween-related events will be brewing all weekend long. The events below are only a highlight of the many planned, so we suggest, after perusing our list, that you head over to our Event Calendar and also check out the wide array of shenanigans our friends at Do502 compiled for you in their “Hot to Do Halloween in Louisville” roundup.
Louisville Orchestra‘s “Nightmare on Main Street” @ Kentucky Center — Friday, Oct. 30
As part of its LG&E Pops Series, the orchestra is treating you to a spooky night of music at the Kentucky Center. Conductor Bob Bernhardt will lead the orchestra in all the Halloween classics from movies and shows. Tickets range from $26-$69, and showtime is 8 p.m.
“The Rocky Horror Halloween Party” @ Central Park — Friday, Oct. 30
The folks at Acting Against Cancer have decided to assemble a last-minute reprise of “Rocky Horror,” which they put on nearly a year ago. The popular production featured Hillbilly Tea owner Karter Louis as Dr. Frank-n-Furter, and he’ll be back to take on all the show’s best numbers. The free event will be held at 10 p.m. at the C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheatre in Central Park. Bring glitter.
“Halloween Squares” @ The Bard’s Town — Oct. 30-31
The talented comedians behind The Bard’s Town’s monthly Roast series have put together a special show for the holiday — “Halloween Squares,” featuring an array of dead and undead celebs and fictional characters. Here’s a look at the cast: Zombie Joan Rivers, Pinhead, Frankenstein, Jason, Freddy, the Headless Horseman, the Phantom of the Opera, and the Wolfman. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door, and shows are at 7:30 and 10 p.m. both nights.
Noogiefest @ Gilda’s Club — Saturday, Oct. 31
Why not celebrate all day long Saturday, starting with Noogiefest from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. It’s mainly for children ages 3-11, and the free fall festival includes trick-or-treating, games, prizes, food, pumpkin and cookie decorating, face painting and more. Sponsored by the Junior League of Louisville, the party benefits Gilda’s Club, a place where children and adults with cancer can find a community. Noogiefest is open to all.
Boo Dell @ Yew Dell Botanical Gardens — Saturday, Oct. 31
If you’re the outdoorsy type of family, then head north to Crestwood for the “Boo Dell at Yew Dell” annual festival. Costumes are encouraged, as there will be trick-or-treating along a trail, hayrides, a straw maze, scavenger hunts, and food trucks from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and a magic show from 2-3 p.m. It’s $5 per carload, and a suggested $1 per person donation.
Mad Masquerade Under the Moonlight @ 8UP — Saturday, Oct. 31
Now that the kids are sufficiently worn out, it’s time to leave them with the babysitter and head out on the town. 8UP is hosting its first-ever masquerade party starting at 8 p.m., and you don’t want to be late! During the first hour, with a $20 admission fee, patrons get an open bar (!) and free appetizers. The rest of the evening will feature music by DJ Alex Bell and a costume contest at 11 with $1,000 in cash for the winner. Reservations are recommended.
HellHouse featuring Mix Master Mike (from Beastie Boys) @ Underneath Second Street Bridge — Saturday, Oct. 31
It’s not every day that a Beastie Boy comes to town, so this little underground party should be all the rage … or rave. The party runs from 7-11 p.m. under the Second Street Bridge and features Mix Master Mike, The Benman, Titonton Duvanté, and DJ Shiva. Tickets are $22 for general admission, $50 for VIP or $75 for VIP including a meet-and-greet with Master Mike.
Absinthe Party @ Garage Bar — Saturday, Oct. 31
The Green Fairy will be out in all her hallucinating glory Saturday night at Garage Bar. With help from the guys at Copper & Kings, the NuLu bar will be serving up tasty cocktails and live music. There are even costume contests — one for best overall costume, and one for best Green Fairy. Suit up! The free party starts at 8 p.m.
Like we said earlier, this is just a glimpse of the events planned this weekend. There are so many more — and just about every bar in town will be having Halloween parties and costume contests. Some of the bigger ones can be found at places like O’Shea’s, The Back Door, Fourth Street Live, Play, Connection, and both Diamond locations. Have fun, be safe and make sure your candy is wearing protection.